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A few Native American languages are described as "fusional" languages. This means that words in those languages are made up of multiple morphemes, or parts-- a phenomenon known as synthesis, or polysynthesis if the words thus formed can have many morphemes in a row (something that is true of many Native American languages.) However, in fusional languages, unlike most polysynthetic Native American languages, the meaning of each morpheme is not independent of the others. Each morpheme can convey multiple pieces of grammatical information, or a string of several morphemes cannot be deconstructed or teased apart because they have become fused together and the individual components can no longer be recognized by speakers of the language.
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